Give yourself lots of time to prepare. You should start at least three months before your actual move, so you don’t feel anxious about running out of time.
If possible, get a floorplan of your new space to help with planning.
We all have lots of stuff. It just magically accumulates over the years. Deciding what to keep and what to get rid of is often the biggest challenge.
Ask yourself: If everything you owned was lost in a fire, what would you replace? Take stock of the things that are actually important to you, and the things that you could live without. A great rule of thumb is if you haven’t used it or worn it in over a year, it’s time to get rid of it!
Keep only the things that bring you joy. Here’s how one of my clients put it:
“Don’t double up on stuff. If you have a ‘good’ set of dishes and an everyday set, keep the set you like the best and use it every day. Live like you are rich with less stuff. Think quality and quantity.”
If there are things you need to keep for sentimental reasons, keep something small, not a huge armoire or china cabinet.
Think about what you could downsize that would make sense in your smaller living space – things like furniture, shelving, and dining tables. Get rid of that huge dining room table that seats ten, or that overstuffed armchair that looks like it was made for three people. Replace it with smart multipurpose furniture. A coffee table that opens to reveal storage. A pull-out couch that will double as a place for guests to sleep. You get the idea!
If you come across a few things that you feel torn about keeping versus throwing out, enlist the help of someone trustworthy to help you decide. But if they say it’s got to go, it’s got to go!